The Bulls got Derrick Rose back on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to help them get past the Magic.
The Bulls lost 105-103 to the Magic with Rose returning to the lineup after missing six weeks following a meniscus tear in his right knee.
“I felt all right,” Rose said via The Associated Press. “I think it was about right. It’ll get better the more I play, but I’m getting better every week. It’ll take some time, but I’ll get there.”
The 2012 MVP scored nine points and added two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes against Orlando. Although he did have a nice, driving layup in the third quarter, he also turned the ball over four times and was not on the floor in the game’s deciding minutes.
Rose said it was “very hard” to be on the bench late in the game.
“At the same time, it’s all about patience. I’m going to have my turn,” Rose said. “Right now while I’m not playing, I’m just trying to learning a little more and seeing how they’re playing. The only thing I can do is just sit back and watch and learn.”
Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 23 points and hit a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Magic a come-from-behind victory.
“There’s no playoff but we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game,” Oladipo said. “There’s teams that we’re playing that are playoff seeds, but we’re trying to get better too.”
The Bulls were 15-4 with Rose in the lineup before his injury, but Wednesday’s loss gave the Central Division title to the Cavaliers, who beat the Bucks 104-99.